Cylinder vase

Maya
Late Classic Period
A.D. 700–800


Object Place: El Petén, Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá area

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1080

Dimensions

17.1 x 11.4 cm (6 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1987.719

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, pink, brown, white, and black on yellow-orange slip paint

On View

Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Narrative scene depicts a woman meeting a man and his three attendants (two women and one man) inside a palace court building. A large basin between the two principle actors likely holds a liquid/food to be consumed by the gathered individuals. Short hieroglyphic texts next to the participants names each one. A Primary Standard Sequence hieroglyphic text encircles the vessel’s rim. Minor amounts of modern in-painting of some outlines, the new painting following closely the original imagery.

Provenance

About 1971-1973, purchased in Guatemala by John B. Fulling (b. 1924 – d. 2005), Lighthouse Point, Florida; 1987, year-end gift of John B. Fulling to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 1988)

Credit Line

Gift of John B. Fulling